Showdown as KNUT cries foul over County teacher recruitment
25 April 2014, 08:07
Nairobi - The High Court has stopped county governments from hiring
nursery school teachers until a dispute over the recruitment is determined.
Kenya National Union of Teachers moved to court to stop the
“purported infringement of roles” of the Teachers Service Commission by county
Through lawyer John Mulika, the union said that
advertisements had already been sent out by most counties to recruit teachers
and this amounts to “usurpation of the role of TSC.”
According to Mr Mulika, the recruitment exercise is not
being carried out within any legal framework.
Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion said he had received
credible information that county governments are attempting to directly recruit
and employ the teachers.
“The role and function of recruitment and employment of
teachers is expressly conferred upon the TSC,” he said adding that such a move
would be unconstitutional and a contra-statute. “TSC is the only body with the
technical ability, capacity and expertise to assess and vet applicants to fill
up the positions of teachers."
Mr Sossion maintained that county governments are likely to
undermine the quality of education in Kenya as there is no guarantee or
assurance of the caliber of persons recruited.
Lawyer Mulika had urged the court to issue orders criminalizing any purported recruitment or employment carried out in an
Justice Isaac Lenaola issued a temporary stoppage and asked
Mr Mulika to serve the order to all counties through the local dailies.
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